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Science and math are content classrooms that pose peculiar challenges for ELLs not only because of the specific academic vocabulary but the layers of meaning required to truly excel. At the WIDA 2016 National Conference, Rita MacDonald, on behalf of WIDA, centralized her presentation not on the content of math and science but on process of establishing meaning among students in those content classrooms. Her insights came after a three-year NSF project, on which she was Lead Developer.
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Triumphant Geometry Teaching in Georgia

3 November, 2016, 0 comments, on WIDA, ELLs

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Amid Philadelphia’s crisp autumn air, WIDA held its 2016 National Conference with the theme of Drawing on Life’s Experiences: Designing Bright Futures. From concurrent sessions and keynote speakers to networking with education devotees, helping students achieve successful results in and out of the ESL classroom and content classroom was on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Most helpful were the opportunities to listen to presentations on educative innovation for English language learners.

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6 Steps to help your newcomer students in the content classroom at the secondary level.

12 August, 2015, 0 comments, on Newcomer

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Do you have a newcomer center for your school or a newcomer program for your new students? Newcomer students face mounting challenges when they enroll a new school. Besides the obvious language barrier, they are facing culture and social challenges in their classroom.

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Strategies for Boosting Test Scores 24.7%

25 March, 2013, 0 comments, on

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According to the study done by Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, using a word to word dictionary as testing accommodations for English Language Learners shows testing improvement of 0.247 mean.

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Tips for Teaching Academic Vocabulary


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At a very basic level we define academic vocabulary as the vocabulary that is critical for students to understand the concepts of the content taught in schools.  It is vocabulary that supports student comprehension of instructional content.

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Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Recognize High School Graduates Who Demonstrate Proficiency in Multiple Languages

29 August, 2012, 0 comments, on Seal of Biliteracy

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Governor Cuomo today signed into law a bill to recognize New York State high school graduates who demonstrate academic excellence in attaining proficiency in one or more languages other than English with a state seal of biliteracy.

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